Two giants of farmworker history will visit Fresno State Wednesday, March 30, for the University’s three-day 20th annual Cesar E. Chavez Garlanding Ceremony and Celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 340-mile United Farm Workers Perenigracion (pilgrimage) from Delano to Sacramento that included a visit to the Fresno State campus today five decades ago:

  • Paul F. Chavez, son of Chavez who is now president and chairman of the Cesar Chavez Foundation;
  • Dr. Alex S. Fabros Jr., a Filipino community activist and historian who was involved in farmworker labor strikes in the 1960s pre-dating the UFW.

    Paul Chavez

The César Chávez Day of Service and Learning is a state holiday celebrated on the UFW founder’s birthday — March 31. The campus will join other state agencies that will be closed Thursday in observance of the holiday.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the installation of the Chavez monument in the Peace Garden on campus and the garlanding ceremony which will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the monument. Paul Chavez speaks at about 12:30 p.m. followed by Fabros.